The VMware Ready Mail Security products offer Zimbra customers e-mail security software that has been pre-validated to work with the e-mail and collaboration platform.
Eight additional security vendors have signed on to offer
e-mail security products for Zimbra e-mail and collaboration platform, said
VMware on Oct. 28.
The virtualization vendor expanded its VMware Ready
Program to include SpamTitan Technologies, Halon Security, InBoxer, Proofpoint,
Sendmail, Softnext Technologies, Symantec, and Trend Micro, according to the
company. The VMware Ready products from those vendors extend the Zimbra
with a virtual appliance that runs on top of VMware vSphere, VMware
"Security has always been a top priority for VMware
and Zimbra customers, and we're now able to bring best-of-breed email security
vendors to those customers in a simplified, reliable way," said John Robb,
senior director of Zimbra products and marketing at VMware in a statement.
The VMware Ready Mail Security products offer enterprises
simplified e-mail security that is easy to deploy, support, and integrate,
Under the VMware Ready Mail Security Program, customers
can acquire e-mail security virtual appliances that have been pre-selected for
compatibility and interoperability with Zimbra for better functionality. The
pre-validated security applications reduce the costs and headaches of
integrating security products on to the mail system, VMware said. Cloud-capable
enterprises are up and running with an integrated mail and security system
faster and easier, without disrupting the rest of the organization, VMware
Under the program, VMware Ready Mail Security partners
receive full access to the mail platform and best practices information for
development and deployment, the company said. The partners also get the latest
technical information, "early access to future requirements" and learn about
upcoming Zimbra products and enhancements so that they can develop accordingly.
Zimbra's open platform makes it easier for partners to
integrate third-party products, VMware said.
"We listened to the security needs of our customers
and developed this program to leverage VMware vSphere to provide simple,
powerful security solutions from a variety of leading vendors," said Robb.
Symantec Brightmail Gateway
is a VMware Ready virtual
appliance running on VMware vSphere, said Rob Greer, senior director of
Symantec. Zimbra customers can deploy Brightmail Gateway in about 20 minutes,
The SpamTitan Virtual Appliance from SpamTitan would
eliminate the need for "unwieldy hardware" and give customers "unparalleled
flexibility, versatility and capability" that is also affordable, said Ronan
Kavanagh, SpamTitan's chief executive officer, in a statement.
Other VMware Ready Mail Security virtual appliances
include the Interscan Messaging Security Virtual Appliance
from Trend Micro,
Virtual SPAM Prevention from Halon Security, InBoxer Intelligent Message
Archive from InBoxer, Proofpoint Enterprise Protection and Proofpoint
Enterprise Privacy from Proofpoint, Sendmail
Sentrion MPV from Sendmail, and SPAM SQR from Softnext Technologies.
Zimbra is VMware's open source e-mail and collaboration
software with an AJAX user interface, streamlined administration, and advanced
mobility features. The open source edition is free, and a network edition is
priced based on the number of mailboxes needed per year. Zimbra launched its
own VMware vSphere-based virtual appliance last quarter.
Often hailed as a potential Microsoft Exchange killer,
Zimbra was acquired by VMware
from Yahoo for an undisclosed sum in January this
year. Yahoo originally scooped up Zimbra
for $350 million back in 2007.